Re: Hopkins & Allen 32 rimfire info please?
i think every thing your read about H&A should be taken with a grain or so of salt. there have been only two men joe voreick and charles carder try to make something of this company with neither being able to do very little. if both were alive today with all the information available on the internet, things might be different.
so the study of H&A firearms is a field that need a lot more research. what i have seen is that all XL series double action were marked with that name and if not marked its probably not a XL double action, but just a H&A double action. the patent date jan. 5. 1888 is probably jan.5.1886. this is for patent number 333725 for an improved double astion lock work for a solid frame double action revolver. i don't know if a copy of the patent will help determine what some of the parts look for but if a have a fire arms marked with a patent date i like to have a copy of the patent.
as far as being a 32 rimfire caliber i believe the caliber is inmaterial as most H&A chambered for 32 centerfire were also avablile as a 32 rimfire version.
i don't much about H&A but i do have the carder books on them.